A canopy bed is a decorative bed somewhat similar to a 4-poster bed. A typical cover bed usually options posts at every of the 4 corners extending 4 feet high or more above the mattress. Ornate or decorative cloth is commonly draped across the higher area between the posts and a stable swath of material could create a ceiling, or cover immediately over the bed.
A 4-poster bed is a bed with 4 vertical columns, one in every corner, that support a tester, or higher (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will usually have rails to allow curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a number of antique 4-poster beds extant courting to the 16th century and earlier; many of these early beds are highly ornate and are constituted of oak. An instance of such an early 16th-century 4-poster resides in Crathes Fortress, which was made for the unique citadel homeowners in the Burnett of Leys family.